A Few Stolen Moments

9:16 AM

Chris and I slipped away to spend a few hours at the beach yesterday, hoping the winds would blow away some of the dust and cobwebs from our too busy lives......

We watched this guy for a while, just flyin' along.....

.....when suddenly, he (nearly) stops in mid-air.....

.....and makes a sharp turn.....straight down!

Zooooooooooooooom!

Splash down!!!

This was all that could be seen of the pelican after the splashdown....

And then he was off - in search of another meal!

We watched the Brown Pelican dive several more times, but he was too far away for any of the photos to come out clearly. It was a beautiful day - the first warm one in over two weeks. A very welcome change. The clouds you see in the top photos are a front that was moving in late yesterday afternoon - to bring us more rain. I was able to get in a little bit of sketching, but the day was mostly about enjoying time away and time together.

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  1. What incredible photos! I'm so glad you got a few hours to be together and relax. I hope it refreshed you both.

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  2. Sounds like a wonderful day. It is always amazing to see these huge birds dive like this. I hope it got its meal. Brown pelican has been taken off the endangered list. This is a wonderful thing. I hope you were filled with inspiration this day.

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  3. This is perfect!!! I've always wanted to capture the dive. So glad you got to get out and enjoy. Nothing like a trip to the beach to bring calm. First warm day up here too. Now rain.........

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  4. Looks and sounds like a beautiful day. Are you both relaxed now?

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  5. I love the frame-by-frame photographs! What a nice time you two must have had...

    -Krista
    www.kristameister.com

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  6. I remember how much fun these guys were to watch when we vacationed in the Virgin Islands. Amazing how they can zero in on lunch!

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  7. Seeing your photos and reading about your experience just gave me a breath of fresh air. I honestly felt like a breeze of beach air just blew by.

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  8. Great photos. Looks like that dive would hurt.

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  9. Nice, Laure! Your pictures are fantastic! You really captured this guy! It sounds like a therapeutic day--good for you guys!

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  10. Alright, Laure!!! A great sequence of a pelican's dive. I loved it, and it's very good. Can't wait to see a pelican do that in person. Glad you and Chris were able to get out and spend some time relaxing. (I should be cleaning but had to take a quick break....now, back to work with me!).

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  11. I wonder if he caught his fish or did he just keep trying? So this is the brown pelican in flight? I've never seen one that way before.

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  12. Hey Laure! Love the photo series... was expecting to see a fish as his prize after he came back up from the water.

    Glad you got some time away. The hubby and I plan to take a picnic and spend the day at the beach next Thursday (fingers crossed that our plans don't come undone!). I'm looking forward to it!

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